Brit holds the 'key to the Internet
(Reboot the web if it Goes down.)
from Yahoo News
An entrepreneur from Bath has been selected to safeguard the future of the Internet in the event of a terrorist attack or other catastrophic event.
Paul Kane, chief executive of Internet management company CommunityDNS, is one of seven people who were given a ‘key’ to restart the Web if it is knocked offline.
Mr Kane is the key holder for Western Europe while the other six individuals will share responsibility for the rest of the world.
In the event of a security breach, six of the seven individuals will be required to travel to a secure location in the United States where they can collectively recover the master signing key.
The keyholders would be able to reboot secure systems that underpin some of the Internet to ensure Web users are directed only to genuine websites.
Mr Kane said: “I’m honoured and excited to be recognised for past achievements and current contributions to global Internet security.
“We are very pleased to be part of stimulating innovation in the Bath area and see the University of Bath becoming a global centre of excellence for enabling Internet technologies.”
Mr Kane’s company is made up of a team of specialists that created a security system, known as DNSSEC, that companies can use to make their websites more secure.
Kane has dismissed suggestions that a single key could be created to reboot the entire Web. “Such a key would trigger the Balkanisation of the Internet,” Kane told The Guardian.
DNSSEC, (DNS Security ExtensionSecuring the Domain Name System).